The chilling tome that launched an entire genre of books about the often gruesome, but always tragic ways people have died in our national parks, this updated edition of the classic includes calamities in Yellowstone from the past 16 years, including the infamous grizzly bear attacks in the summer of 2011, as well as a fatal hot springs accident in 2000. In these accounts, written with sensitivity as cautionary tales about what to do and what not to do in one of our wildest national parks, Lee H. Whittlesey recounts deaths ranging from tragedy to folly - from being caught in a freak avalanche to the goring of a photographer who just got a little too close to a bison. Armchair travelers and park visitors alike will be fascinated by this important book detailing the dangers awaiting in our first national park.
"The most fascinating book ever written about Yellowstone Park and its environs." (Journal Of The West)
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Narration was good, easy to listen to and get absorbed into the stories. Some chapters were more interesting than others, but that's okay - different strokes for different folks. It's definitely a book that I'll recommend to my friends and acquaintances who are interested in this topic. I thought the entire book would be about dumb tourists and was pleasantly surprised to hear about accidents, the whims of mother nature, dumb park employees, and criminal shenanigans in or near the park. It turned out to be more of a diverse book than I originally thought. We're still hearing stories in the news about tourists who die from falling into hot springs or who provoke bison, so I imagine there will be plenty of fodder for the next edition. I enjoyed how the chapters ended by the author reminding us of key takeaways such as 'don't climb over safety barriers in search of the perfect selfie - if you die and your family sues, don't expect to win' (I'm paraphrasing that, but it is one of the key messages of the book - and it's sad that the message continues to be relevant).
- Christine Newton
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